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Adding a Turnitin Assignment to Blackboard Learn

  1. From Blackboard Learn, click on any folder where you want to add a Turnitin assignment.
  2. From the content area, click the Assessments link, then select Turnitin Assignment.
  3. Enter the assignment Title and Point Value (if points assigned).
  4. Enter the Start Date when the assigned is available to students in Bb Learn.
  5. Enter Due Date. There is an additional option to allow submissions after the due date.
  6. If applicable, enter the Post Date. The Post Date is when students get access to grade comments if you are using GradeMark.
  7. Click Optional Settings and specify the settings you want for this assignment.
  8. Click Ok when prompted with the message Turnitin assignment successfully added.

Specifying Optional Settings when Creating Turnitin Assignments

Optional Setting


Allow Submissions After the Due Date

If set to yes, students will be able to submit to the assignment after the due date if they have not previously made a submission.

Generate Originality Report for Submissions

If set to Yes, Turnitin will automatically generate an originality report for the student submission. TLP recommends setting this to Yes.

If you want students submit multiple drafts without overwriting the previous drafts, create a "Revision assignment." Revision assignments are duplicates of the "parent" assignment's advanced options and standard settings, but may have new start, due, and post dates. The revision assignment may have a different Generate Originality Reports for student submissions setting. The instructor may also select a different set of optional special instructions, or assign a different point value. For more information, see Revision Assignment on the Turnitin website.

Generate Originality Report for Student Submissions

Options include:

  • Immediately first report is final
  • Immediately (can overwrite reports until due date) - allows students to continuously resubmit papers to the assignment until the due date. It may take up to 24 hours to process originality reports for resubmissions. Only the latest submission is available to the instructor or student. Previous versions are removed. 
  • On due date - will make it so all papers submitted to the assignment will be compared against each other when the originality reports are created

    For most instances, TLP recommends choosing the option to "Generate originality reports immediately (can overwrite reports until the due date)

Exclude bibliographic materials from Similarity Index for all papers in this assignment

Excludes text included in the bibliography, works cited, or references section from being checked for matches when generating originality reports.

Exclude quoted materials from Similarity Index for all papers in this assignment

Excludes text included in quotes from being checked for matches.

Exclude small matches

Excludes matches of insignificant length from being considered when generating an originality report. Options include number of words or percent.

The percentage is calculated by taking the number of words in the match, and dividing it by the number of words in the document (for example, a 10 word match in a 500 word paper = 2% match). Or you may have the system exclude small matches by number of matched words. For example, if you enter 15 words, then the system will exclude any matches less than 15 words.

Allow students to see Originality Reports

Select No only if this is a draft assignment. Most instructors choose to have students see the Originality Report. 

Enable Translated Matching (Beta)Translated Matching allows students to submit papers with non-English content. Enabling Translated Matching allows Turnitin to identify the language of a paper and translate the paper into English. The English translation is then matched against the English databases. If a match is found, this will be displayed alongside any matches we have found in the non-translated version of the paper.

Reveal grades to students only on post date

This means that if you grade a paper several days before the post date students will have to wait until the post date to see the grade.
After the post date, students will be able to access both grade and feedback from you through the GradeMark icon.
Known Issue: This setting currently does not work correctly. If you choose "No" you must still manually set the Post Date to the date you want students to be able to see feedback. Typically, this is often immediately after the due date.

Enable anonymous marking?

Allows instructor to select whether to obscure student names in the Assignment Inbox, Originality Report and Grademark until the assignment's post date.

Submit papers to

Selecting standard repository adds the student paper to the Turnitin database of submissions.
Select No if this is a draft assignment and you do not want the paper added to the repository.

Search options

The similarity index percentage may decrease if you deselect any of the repositories.

Attach a rubric to this assignment

Accept the default if you do not have a Turnitin rubric you want associated with this assignment.
Click Show Rubric List is you have already created a Turnitin rubric and want to attach it to this assignment.
Click Rubric Manager if you want to create a rubric and then assign it to the assignment.
Note: You can only associate rubrics created in Turnitin with Turnitin assignments.

Find out more about creating rubrics from Turnitin. Note that the instructions are not geared for Blackboard Learn. If you are using the Blackboard Learn integration, you will access the assignment through Bb Learn. See below.

Enable e-rater® grammar check

Select yes to echeck grammar, spelling, etc., on student papers and display the marks in Grademark.
Note: Turnitin uses a 3rd party tool called e-rater to check grammar, spelling, etc. You can turn off e-rater marks in Grademark when you are viewing student papers.

Would you like to save these options as your defaults for future assignments

Select Yes if you want Turnitin to save your optional settings to your Turnitin account for future assignments.

Accessing a Turnitin Assignment in Blackboard Learn

As an instructor, the quickest way to access your existing Turnitin Assignments is to navigate to Course Management > Course Tools > Turnitin Assignments.

Select your Turnitin assignment. This displays the Turnitin Assignment Inbox.

Alternatively, you can always access a Turnitin assignment the same way your students do from your course content area. However, you must click on the Messages option to access the Turnitin Assignment Inbox where you will view student submissions.

Accessing Additional Functionality for Turnitin Assignments

  • From the Assignment Inbox, you can click Roster Sync to have Blackboard Learn automatically associate your students with this class / assignment on (if they are not shown already).
    In the example below, there is only one student associated with this class: Student Demo.
  • Click the Libraries tab to access the Quickmark and Rubric Managers if you are using these features of Grademark. 
  • Click the student submission to view the Originality Report or use Grademark to grade the student paper.  See Grading a Turnitin Assignment.